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Who knew I had so many friends worried about my car’s warranty? Before Christmas it felt like a horde calling to warn me.
Who knew I had so many friends worried about my car’s warranty? Before Christmas it felt like a horde calling to warn me.
 
Omicron is spreading faster than Kudzu, especially among our children.
Omicron is spreading faster than Kudzu, especially among our children.
 
If asked to identify a symbol for justice most of us would picture a blindfolded Lady Liberty holding aloft a balance scale in one hand and a sword in the other.
If asked to identify a symbol for justice most of us would picture a blindfolded Lady Liberty holding aloft a balance scale in one hand and a sword in the other.
 
Having lived through the past couple of years, you will no doubt agree with the 1983 Anne Murray song, “We Sure Could Use a Little Good News Today.” I’m happy to oblige with some.
Having lived through the past couple of years, you will no doubt agree with the 1983 Anne Murray song, “We Sure Could Use a Little Good News Today.” I’m happy to oblige with some.
 
A wearied North Carolina faces a third year of the pandemic with resignation and hope.
A wearied North Carolina faces a third year of the pandemic with resignation and hope.
 
Over the past few days it has felt like we were ending 2021 where we started it, in the throes of a spiking pandemic.
Over the past few days it has felt like we were ending 2021 where we started it, in the throes of a spiking pandemic.
 
North Carolina, like the nation, has a political history which can be likened to a huge pendulum.
North Carolina, like the nation, has a political history which can be likened to a huge pendulum.
 
Face it. Everyone has someone on their list for whom it is difficult to shop. What do they like? Is it the right color or size? Do they already have it?
Face it. Everyone has someone on their list for whom it is difficult to shop. What do they like? Is it the right color or size? Do they already have it?
 
James W. Frick had a head full of Carolina common sense. Born in New Bern, in 1924, he was raised in a Catholic orphanage and graduated from Notre Dame.
James W. Frick had a head full of Carolina common sense. Born in New Bern, in 1924, he was raised in a Catholic orphanage and graduated from Notre Dame.
 
After last year's lockdown it's great to once again gather with family for the holidays.
After last year's lockdown it's great to once again gather with family for the holidays.
 
Maybe you remember the classic 1975 film, Network, where the anchor Howard Beale, throws open a window and shouts, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
Maybe you remember the classic 1975 film, Network, where the anchor Howard Beale, throws open a window and shouts, "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore."
 
You’ve had your eye on a new car and have made logical arguments for why you need it and how it would benefit your life. Problem is, you can’t afford it.
You’ve had your eye on a new car and have made logical arguments for why you need it and how it would benefit your life. Problem is, you can’t afford it.
 
I’ve been following the analysis by pundits, partisans and pollsters about the recent November elections, especially the gubernatorial races in neighboring Virginia and New Jersey.

Trust

 
I’ve been following the analysis by pundits, partisans and pollsters about the recent November elections, especially the gubernatorial races in neighboring Virginia and New Jersey.
 
When drawing congressional and legislative district maps, can we be assured of fair and impartial elections just because lawmakers didn’t use racial or partisan factors in drawing districts?
When drawing congressional and legislative district maps, can we be assured of fair and impartial elections just because lawmakers didn’t use racial or partisan factors in drawing districts?
 
Not since 1942, when women flooded into the workplace in support of the war effort, have we seen a worker revolution such as we are experiencing now.
Not since 1942, when women flooded into the workplace in support of the war effort, have we seen a worker revolution such as we are experiencing now.
 
unday afternoon was perfect for sitting outside, enjoying nature in the balmy weather. It reminded me of my younger days.
unday afternoon was perfect for sitting outside, enjoying nature in the balmy weather. It reminded me of my younger days.
 
While you and I were busy living our lives, doing our work, enjoying family and friends and also fighting COVID, North Carolina was changing. Not so fast that most of us could tell, but definitive and measurable change just the same.
While you and I were busy living our lives, doing our work, enjoying family and friends and also fighting COVID, North Carolina was changing. Not so fast that most of us could tell, but definitive and measurable change just the same.
 
When our General Assembly convened January 13th for the 2021 session, they had two main tasks: passing a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and drawing new districts for congressional, legislative and local governments.
When our General Assembly convened January 13th for the 2021 session, they had two main tasks: passing a state budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 and drawing new districts for congressional, legislative and local governments.
 
The North Carolina statutes regarding political parties can be found in (G.S 163-96(2)).
The North Carolina statutes regarding political parties can be found in (G.S 163-96(2)).
 
Sometimes I hate it when I’m right.
 
“There’s nothing good going on after midnight that you need to be part of,” my momma repeatedly told me.
“There’s nothing good going on after midnight that you need to be part of,” my momma repeatedly told me.
 
“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands,” the catchy children’s song goes.
“If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands,” the catchy children’s song goes.
 
Wouldn’t it be nice if our state elected officials worked together amicably to craft a biennial budget?
Wouldn’t it be nice if our state elected officials worked together amicably to craft a biennial budget?
 
I laughed at the CEO of Morgan Stanley, James Gorman, who recently issued an ultimatum to his employees: Be back in the office by September or else.
I laughed at the CEO of Morgan Stanley, James Gorman, who recently issued an ultimatum to his employees: Be back in the office by September or else.
 
As a proud born and bred North Carolinian I thought I knew a lot about my native state.
As a proud born and bred North Carolinian I thought I knew a lot about my native state.
 
Even with their problems and shortcomings I strongly encourage you to support your local newspaper by subscribing to it
Even with their problems and shortcomings I strongly encourage you to support your local newspaper by subscribing to it
 
While we’re still fussin’ and fightin’ about the 2020 elections the 2022 races have already begun.
While we’re still fussin’ and fightin’ about the 2020 elections the 2022 races have already begun.
 
All across North Carolina “Face Masks Required” postings on businesses are being replaced by “Help Wanted” signs.
All across North Carolina “Face Masks Required” postings on businesses are being replaced by “Help Wanted” signs.
 
A new wave of legislation emerged across the country following the publication of the New York Times series, The 1619 Project
A new wave of legislation emerged across the country following the publication of the New York Times series, The 1619 Project
 
Is this what lies ahead for North Carolina?
 
Sometimes the lines of authority get blurred, especially in government.
 
In early April Duke University announced that all new and returning Duke students must present proof of covid vaccination before enrolling for the fall semester
In early April Duke University announced that all new and returning Duke students must present proof of covid vaccination before enrolling for the fall semester
 
The 2020 decennial census was problematic from the beginning and could lead North Carolina down a rabbit-trail of problems.
The 2020 decennial census was problematic from the beginning and could lead North Carolina down a rabbit-trail of problems.
 
It didn’t take long after former Governor Pat McCrory announced his candidacy for the US Senate that Democrats and like-minded columnists started calling him a “failed politician” who “doesn’t stand for anything.”
It didn’t take long after former Governor Pat McCrory announced his candidacy for the US Senate that Democrats and like-minded columnists started calling him a “failed politician” who “doesn’t stand for anything.”
 
Here are good reasons North Carolina should do the same.
 
Let’s applaud Governor Roy Cooper for recognizing that North Carolina’s public infrastructure is inadequate.
Let’s applaud Governor Roy Cooper for recognizing that North Carolina’s public infrastructure is inadequate.
 
North Carolina is poised to make great gains as we recover from the pandemic.
 
Be there anyone among us who leads or has led such a pure and exemplary life that he or she should be honored with their name on a building at our flagship university?
Be there anyone among us who leads or has led such a pure and exemplary life that he or she should be honored with their name on a building at our flagship university?
 
In a recent interview with her on PBS NC we talked about the numbers who had received the COVID vaccine and I asked when we might reach “herd immunity.”
In a recent interview with her on PBS NC we talked about the numbers who had received the COVID vaccine and I asked when we might reach “herd immunity.”
 
Congressmen rank at the very bottom of people considered trustworthy and ethical, tied with car salesmen at 8 percent.
Congressmen rank at the very bottom of people considered trustworthy and ethical, tied with car salesmen at 8 percent.
 
Something exciting has happened in North Carolina and we’re not talking about March Madness.
Something exciting has happened in North Carolina and we’re not talking about March Madness.
 
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